SPDickerman (1112) - Texas, USA - JUN 6, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours hazy pale straw with a large white head. Smells grainy, a little toasted, slight hops. Taste is grain, bitter, soft sweetness. Medium-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Urban Chestnut Zwickel finishes with a little sweetness and is otherwise clean.
JonLaRue (57) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 31, 2014
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle sourced from one of their 4 packs. Beer wafts of bread, barley and weakly of hops. Appearance is a thick opaque blonde. Tastes like the best lager I have ever had. Not surprising, the owner of UBCB brewed a lot of AB’s best beers for Michelob. Palate is refreshing as a well flavored lager could be the only thing this beer is missing is hops has too much grain/ bread taste.
Braudog (6197) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - FEB 25, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the brewpub, served in a real German steinkrug. Looks to be dark golden colored with just a little bit of head. But this beer brings me right back to the German countryside. Bready malt with a neat bitter finish, I long for a pretzel or brat and brotchen. May not impress those look for audacity, but this is solid classic beer and my favorite of the day. (#4490, 2/24/2012)
theisti (3734) - Kansas, USA - NOV 19, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
500 ml bottle courtesy of beastiefan2k. The pour is mostly clear yellow golden, with a fluffy 3 inch white head. The head falls with a small amount of soapy lacing. The aroma is full fresh toasted cracker malt, nice gentle herbal mineral character, and hint of malt sweetness behind. The taste is the cracker malt, paired wonderfully with the herbal mineral, along with a nice spice, and the dry mineral finish. The palate is medium bodied, un filtered mouth feel, and the dry mineral finish is a real highlight. This is a great beer, directly up my alley. Thanks Eugene.
wlajwl (5443) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 20, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is spicy German hops, malts and very German in nature all around. The flavor is malts, light fruit and a long mildly spicy German hops/citrus finish.
micmillon18 (37) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 24, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
500 ml Euro bottle into a dimple mug. Despite what the bottle says, I can’t find a born on date.
Aroma - Herbal hops, honey, fresh cut grass. Cereal (oat variety, hay. Fresh and bright. Lots of good things going on here.
Appearance - Hazy gold. Fizzy, white head which comes as it goes.
Taste - Sweet oat cereal/ grain and honey flavors initially countered by medicinal, herbal hops with a touch of citrus acidity. Finishes with a lasting grassy, lemon flavor.
Palate - Light to medium bodied. Semi-dry.
Overall - The world needs more unfiltered lager, with this one being a standard bearer.
JoeinDahlem (1438) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - MAY 10, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A gorgeous, rustic, grassy-hoppy bitch of a lager. Dry, refreshing, plenty of spicy hop character, and an honest, grainy backbone. Right in my wheelhouse.
lawman357 (93) - Missouri, USA - JUL 23, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful example of a simple German lager. Lightly malty and hoppy on the nose, no off putting aromas to speak of. Pours golden and slightly cloudy/opaque, gorgeous white head and continues to effervesce throughout the draught. Easy drinking lager, drank cold from a glass, is the epitome of the style. Essentially, takes the yard beer to the top of the class.
madvike (3172) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at GTMW - Pours yellow with a huge foamy white head. Nose is huge rustic grain, light honey, and a touch of floral hopping. Taste is the same, with a little more hops. Nice graininess. Thick and fluffy. Wow...awesome stuff.
vyvvy (5378) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2012 Pours clear light pale yellow with a white head. The aroma has light pale malt with no hops bitterness detected. It is lightly bready and smooth. Medium smooth body with moderate carbonation. The flavor starts with smooth lager malt, very light toast and a bit of citrus. The taste seems basic, but it is very well constructed. The finish has a light bit of spicy hops and a touch of malty sweetness. This is far from being a fireworks sort of beer, but a its a great no frills beer that will be a perfect summer afternoon beer. (7/4/7/4/15 - 3.7)
Feel the need to update this since the initial rating was a sample at a fest & I’ve had it multiple times since and now in bottles. I see nothing of the original rating notes that needs to be updated, but the consistency from this beer and flavors have really grown on me. The one alteration I would make to my ratings the Hallertau hops giving more of a spicy presence to the taste. This has become a bit of a benchmark for solid lagers to me.